An Egg-straordinary Folk-art Museum

Frozen in time, we are transported to the 1950’s, a simpler time, when imagination was unobscured by reality to explore dreams and visions. The extraordinary Easter Egg Museum of Schoharie, Ny is presented photographically by award-winning photographer and Nasa retired rocket scientist, Dr. Joseph Heyman. This is a unique study of the creative folk-art legacy of Mildred Vrooman. In addition, her remarkable life is captured in historical research and preserved documents. Her talent is similar to Grandma Moses – simple depictions of themes – wonderfully brought to the faces of eggs. The eggs are sometimes part of a tableau, dressed elegantly as fashion stars, or as clowns in a circus, or disciples at the Last Supper. This is a unique world treasure! The Easter Egg Museum was the life-long work and passion of Miss Mildred Vrooman who died in 2012 at age 103. She along with her friend Elizabeth Warner, were inspired to create an Easter Egg tree by the 1951 Caldecott Award children’s book, The Egg Tree, by Katherine Milhouse. The exhibit began with painted and dyed eggs displayed on a few trees outdoors and it continued to expand until it moved indoors to the Mary Beatrice Cushing Memorial Library in 1964. By 2001, Mildred Vrooman, already a nonagenarian, decided to build a museum on her property for the egg exhibit. She spent a lifetime creating this unique and wondrous collection. While the display began with a few painted eggs it evolved into a wonderland of fanciful vignettes made of eggs. She depicts the Old Stone Fort along with Revolutionary War hero Timothy Murphy. The U.S. presidents up to George W. Bush are each displayed – with heads made of eggs but characteristics that enable easy identification. There is a whole circus with painted eggs including clowns, ticket takers, elephants, and seals. The old lady in the shoe is depicted, along with quite a handful of her children. The scenes include fairy tales,